All I can think about when I think of this wedding is how sweet everyone was. The couple, their family, and their friends actually all felt like part of my family after the wedding. Not to… More
Never underestimate the impact of a stunning bridal bouquet. Adding a pop of color and a style statement, a bouquet brings a seasonal, fresh, creative vibe to all weddings. These blooms oftentimes bring all the event colors and elements together to complete the look. At Warrenwood, we love to see how the bouquets changes with the season, style and setting of the wedding. The thirty-five bridal bouquets pictured below will give you some inspiration and eye candy.
** Scroll over each photo for florist and photographer information. Feature image by Lindsey McDonald Photography, Flowers by Carol Lynn Originals. **
Kaylyn and Ethan’s wedding day was filled with southern class and rustic charm. They opted for a barn ceremony followed by a reception in the house and on the back porch. It was a beautiful summer day with every event detail planned out just the way they wanted it.
You’ve come to the right spot if you need some inspiration for how to dress up your wedding reception tables with floral centerpieces. Here we round up some of our favorite looks from Warrenwood Manor weddings. You’ll see different styles, different budgets, different seasons, and different florists. Enjoy!
Rustic Elegant Summer Wedding
Kate was the definition of an easy going bride. From the moment she booked Warrenwood Manor as her wedding venue she had everything under control. I absolutely loved working with these two Centre College grads and enjoyed every second of their rustic elegant summer wedding. From holding the wedding ceremony in the house to all of the navy blue and yellow details, I think you’ll love the timeless selections for this wedding too! Oh and make sure you look through ALL the pics! The very last one is one of my all time favorite!
Photography: Daring Tales of Darling Bones
Photography: Daring Tales of Darling Bones
Catering: City Barbeque
Cake: Laura Clay
Cupcakes: Sweets by Cindy
Rentals: Matt’s Rentals
DJ: Dayton Mobile DJ
Handmade details and lots of sweet helpers made this traditional summer wedding extra special! Callie did an excellent job of planning out all the details and working with vendors, but Joseph also pitched in! As you look through these images you’ll see Joseph’s handy work in many places. He made the arbor under which they were wed, he made beautiful lanterns and even centerpieces! All of these special elements come together to create the perfect timeless summer wedding at Warrenwood Manor!
- Catering – Chaplin River Catering
Photographer – Emily Wakin Photography
- Vidographer- In Motion Productions
- Rentals- Goff Tents and Events
Flowers- Ellis Florist & Family Friends
Cake- Anita Bertram
Wedding day lunch- Melton’s Great American Deli
I’m pretty sure that 9 out of 10 bridesmaids hate their bridesmaid dress. That’s right, they hate it and say terrible things about it, but grin and go with it to appease the Bride. (I totally made that statistic up, but I’m pretty sure it’s legit.) Everyone has a different style. Everyone has a different body type. And everyone likes different colors. It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s just the way it is. Luckily there are a few things every bride can do to be considerate of their bridesmaids’ wishes. And the good news is, I hear more and more brides talking about how they want to let their bridesmaids select their own style or color within a few options!
It can be a tall order to find a bridesmaid dress that is both affordable and universally flattering. You want your bridesmaids to look and feel beautiful as well as fit within the vision you have for your wedding day. There are several ways to go about selecting bridesmaids’ dresses and a multitude of places to buy them. See below for some suggestions on both topics.
First and foremost, decide how much input you want from others on the dress selection. There is a continuum of positions you can take, all the way from taking total control to giving your bridesmaids total freedom. You’ll probably want to be somewhere between these two. If you get input from others make sure they consider your event as a whole instead of just the dress. Share event design pins and describe the venue and vibe so they can make educated suggestions. It can also be helpful to narrow your search to a few options then ask for input. Know that a consensus may be difficult to reach when you get the input of your bridesmaids.
Be practical and rational as you narrow your search. Your bridesmaids’ dresses should go with the look and feel of the rest of your event. Refer to your event color palette, flower selections and venue details for inspiration. Consider the activities, weather, venue/setting, schedule and event vibe as you decide of the length, color, fabric and style of the dress. For example, if you’re have a summer wedding choose light-weight, airy fabrics and a short length dress. As another example, have your bridesmaids wear wedges or flats and a short dress if you will be in the grass, walking on uneven surfaces or climbing stairs much. You want your bridesmaids to be comfortable and their dress to be hassle-free.
The bride who knows what she wants
Some brides know exactly what they want their bridesmaids to wear, and that is totally fine. It actually makes it easier for those of us who are indecisive and aim to please, but just aren’t sure how. For your wedding day you will want to make choices based on what you want to see in your wedding pictures for years to come, but please don’t make your favorite girls in the world pay for or wear something you wouldn’t want to pay for and wear yourself. So ask yourself:
- Would I wear this dress?
- Would I wear this dress more than once?
- Is this dress style and color going to look good on each of my bridesmaids?
- Would I mind spending this much money on a dress if I were a bridesmaid?
- Would I be comfortable in this dress throughout this event?
The bride who wants to give her bridesmaids some freedom
If you want to give your bridesmaids some freedom with their dress selection you can let them select the color/pattern, cut/style, fabric, sleeve length and/or skirt length of their dress. You can give them complete freedom or give them some parameters.
Same Color – Different Styles
This is a great option if you have a lot of different body types among your bridal party. Everyone can find a flattering style that they feel good in. Be sure to be as specific as you can in order to get the color that you want. There are a million shades of pink and saying light pink, for example, may not be enough detail. Companies like J. Crew, David’s Bridal, The Dessy Group and Two Birds offer lots of options to mix styles with the same color. Ordering through one of these companies will ensure everyone matches.
Same Style – Different Colors
For a more eclectic look, you can go with the same style dress for all of your bridesmaids only in different colors. You can let them choose what color from your color palette they prefer or you can assign colors. It is usually best to have all different colors or a balance of a few colors. For example, two two red and two blue or alternating colors in the processional line. This provides balance to your photos. I have also seen brides choose to have their bridesmaids all wear the same color expect for the maid of honor.
Different Styles – Different Colors
To give your bridesmaids a little more creative authority, you can ask them to wear a dress of their choosing in a particular color or color palette. This will give an eclectic look, but allows for each of your bridesmaids to choose something within their price range in a style and cut they like. Chic Vintage Brides provides some addition inspiration and Brides.com gives some rules for pulling off a mismatch look.
No matter what you decide on for bridesmaid dresses consider these final reminders.
- Many bridesmaid dresses will require alterations. These can be pricey so factor in an additional $50 on top of the dress purchase price for the cost of alterations.
- Bridesmaids will also need jewelry and shoes. Since expenses add up for bridesmaids, think about giving your bridesmaids jewelry to wear if you have something specific in mind. As for shoes, let them wear what works for them. Matching shoes can look great, but be very uncomfortable for some people. Blistered or swollen feet could keep a bridesmaid from dancing the night away with you.
- If price is your main concern you could consider renting dresses. This Oprah article discusses several dress rental vendors. In particular, we like Union Station, Rent the Runway and Vow to be Chic because they offer variety and convenience. Union Station and Vow to be Chic even offer the option to try the dress before you rent it.
- Don’t forget to consider undergarments. When considering dress options think about what undergarments would be needed to make a dress look good and whether that will work with your bridesmaids’ body types. Make sure all of your bridesmaids have what they need. It sounds trivial, but no one wants to see bra straps or striped underwear.
- Order your bridesmaid dresses at least 6 months before your wedding. This allows for shipping and alterations. It also leaves time for shoe and jewelry shopping.
- If you don’t give directions on an element of the bridesmaids’ look, don’t be surprised or event upset when something doesn’t look as you had anticipated. Encourage your maids to run their final look by you before the big day.
Ultimately, you want your bridesmaids to be comfortable, feel beautifully themselves and create a cohesive look with your event.
Today we’re taking a break from centerpieces, wedding cakes and color palettes to reflect on how far Warrenwood has come over the years. We always talk about how we started restoring Warrenwood in 2014, but really the effort began long before we came along [like a long time before I was even born :)] Let’s throw it back to the 1970’s.
This old house has gone through phases of glory and then vacancy with a corresponding roller coaster of restoration and dilapidation. On April 4, 1976 The Kentucky Advocate Newspaper published an in depth story of one such restoration of Warrenwood in their Sunday edition. It tells the story of how the H.C. Abbott family saved this historic house in the mid 1970’s. You can see photos from 1973 where the house is need of major structural repairs. Then you can read about the completed renovations. This article, written by Brenda S. Edwards, celebrates every detail of Warrenwood. It is amazing to see how different, yet the same, the property was over 30 years ago.
Within a year of this article, Warrenwood was added to the National Register of Historic Places alongside two other homes in Danville, the Mound Cottage and the Helm-Gentry House. The below photos were taken by Mary Cronan Oppel on behalf of the Kentucky Heritage Commission as a part of a Kentucky Survey of Historic Places and accompanied Warrenwood’s application to the National Register. The Federal Historic Preservation Act of 1966 required states to make a record of their historic properties and these photos were taken to inventory Warrenwood’s property. The first thing I think when looking at these images is, “Where are all the trees?”. I bet it was much easier to care for this minimal landscaping as opposed to our tree-lined drive and flower-filled beds. In the background of some of the images you can see at least two barns that aren’t around anymore. If you have been to Warrenwood you will be able to pick out countless changes made since these images where taken, but the grand essence of the property remains intact. We hope to continue to restore Warrenwood so that people can enjoy it for many, many years to come.
This refined organic September wedding at Warrenwood Manor was…so fun! Believe me when I say that not all weddings are as laid back and fun as Stacey and Christian’s wedding. I guess that is what happens when you are celebrating the marriage of two really GOOD and funny people! Stacey and Christian held their ceremony in the barn and their reception in and around the house. Their day had a touch of traditional with warm earthy elements creating a natural, organic feel. The locally grown, farm fresh flowers provided by their family gave the event spaces a special touch of character and charm. See for yourself!
- Photography | Cassie Lopez Photography
- Floral Design | Meadowview Farm & Thatch Floral
- Catering | DeRae & Friends Catering
- Gelato | Spotz Gelato
- Rentals | Bryant’s Rent-All
Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor? We’re now booking events for 2018! Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.
Abby and Joe tied the knot at Warrenwood Manor in August of 2015. It was a classic event with a touch of rustic flair. They opted for an outdoor ceremony in front of the cottage. The aisle was lined with pink and ivory floral arrangements atop wooden stumps while the cottage was decked out with garland and two huge hydrangea arrangements. To top if off, they provided shade for their guests with canvas umbrellas. It was stunning! The reception took place in the house and on the back patio. Even after a little rain, it was a beautiful evening. Abby and Joe are the sweetest couple and we were so happy to be a party of their special day!
Weddings are complicated. I know we’ve said it a million times, but it’s still true and until you have planned one you probably have no idea how much goes into this single day. As a guest, you show up, have a good time then go home. As a host, you plan for a year then work your tail off to make it a success. Along the way you have to make the decision over and over again as to whether to do something yourself (D.I.Y.) or hire someone to complete the task for you. The food, flowers, favors, photos and so much more can either be put on your to-do list, the list of family and friends or handed over to a hired professional. Here are some considerations and cautions to think about as you decide who will do what for your event.
I’m sure you or someone close to you CAN do all the tasks associated with hosting a wedding. That isn’t the question. Instead, the question is whether you WANT or NEED to do it yourself. It may be less expensive to do things yourself, but it does come at a cost. I have seen first-hand the stress, exhaustion and sometimes even disappointment associated with doing everything yourself. You and your guests should be able to enjoy your wedding day with as little stress as possible. This is why I suggest hiring wedding professionals for as many tasks as you can.
Professionals in the wedding industry exist for a reason. They offer a valuable service and must be good at what they do for their business to survive. The product of an experienced and well trained vendor is usually higher quality, more reliable and less hassle than that of D.I.Y.ers. Paid vendors can advise you on what choices you have based on your budget, venue, season and style so you can make educated decisions. Their established supply chain can also provide more options or better prices for certain items. You can trust that wedding professionals will provide what you ask for, when you ask for it. That being said, there are still low risk tasks that you can delegate to family and friends.
If you’re thinking about asking a friend or family member to do something for your wedding be sure to consider the skills required, the scale of job and the importance of the outcome. Match each task with those who have the skills, facilities, time and resources to do the job.
Somehow everything ends up being more complicated and taking longer than you thought it would. Beware that when you do something yourself there may be last minute costs and stresses due to your lack experience. Be realistic with your time and talents so that you don’t have to deal with the cost to fix a problem or repair damages.
You and everyone around you will want you to be happy with your wedding day, but unpaid helpers also have their own interests to consider. They may not be as prompt, particular and professional as paid vendors who are passionate about their work and business. If you decide to have a friend or family member do a task traditionally done by a professional, you may need to be flexible and adjust your expectations.
Show appreciation for your wedding helpers regardless of how much or how little you have asked of them. I’m sure they aren’t helping you for a gift, but your helpers should feel appropriately appreciated. You never want a friend or family member to feel used or annoyed by your lack of consideration for their time and energy. Be sure to cover all the expenses related to their task and give them a thank you note at the very least.
4 Things To Leave To The Professional
From our experience, these four tasks should be done by professional if at all possible.
- Catering | Catering isn’t just cooking. It is planning, storing, preparing, transporting and cleaning up food on a large scale. Professionals have the experience, equipment, and employees to make sure delicious food is safely prepared, served in a timely manner and presented beautifully. This allows all your family and friends to enjoy the event without having to replenish trays or worry about washing dishes.
- Photography | Good wedding photos preserve the memory of your wedding day in a beautiful way. They capture the look and feel of the day for you to revisit and share with others for years to come. Professional photographers catch once-in-a-lifetime moments and all the details that make your day unique and worth remembering.
- Floral Design | Flowers play a huge role in the overall aesthetic of your event. Florists have access to a larger variety of quality blooms at lower prices than the average person. Good florist are also equipped to properly handle and arrange flowers, a perishable material, so they will look their best for your event.
- Day of Coordination | It takes a very organized and authoritative person to manage an event. When emotions are high and so many elements are coming together, a professional event coordinator is able to control the chaos. It is a lot to ask of a friend or family member to take on this task. And we never, ever recommend that the bride be the point person for the wedding day.
3 Things to D.I.Y.
Any wedding task may end up being a D.I.Y. task, but it really depends on what skills you, your family and your friends have. Here are the top three things we think you could consider doing yourself.
- Hair & Makeup | You may not need to hire a hair and makeup artist if you are a bride wanting a simple, natural look. Everyone has family or a friend that is obsessed with hair and makeup and would love to help out. Just make sure you do a trial run a few weeks before the wedding so that you look exactly how you want on your wedding day.
- Music | For some people music at their wedding is a big deal, but for others, it isn’t. If you fall into the latter category then maybe you could get away with not hiring a DJ. There are plenty of places that rent sound equipment and tell you how to use it. All you’ll need is a playlist and someone you trust to control the microphone and timing. Particularly for the ceremony.
- Cake | Right now it is common for couples to have a small cake to cut then serve other desserts (cupcakes, sheet cake, cookies, etc.) to their guests. I think it is a great idea to have a D.I.Y. cake if you want something simple and small. Go with a professional though if you want a bigger, more elaborate tiered cake.
We love hearing from you! Comment below with other D.I.Y. tips. If you’re planning a wedding with the help of lots of family and friends, you may also find it helpful to read our post on Wedding Weekend Helpers.
*Feature image by Cassie Lopez Photography